Skip to Content Skip to Navigation



Chiropractors are independent health care professionals who treat many conditions as they relate to the spine, emphasizing the dependency of health on the correct functioning of the central nerve system.

Chiropractors adjust or manipulate misaligned vertebrae (the bones of your spinal column) to restore correct functioning of your central nerve system. They may also work with other parts of your body affected by the misaligned vertebrae. Chiropractors may do this by using their hands and various mechanical and electrical instruments. "D.C." stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic," the degree New York licensed chiropractors must earn.

Licensing Requirements

Any use of the title "Chiropractor" within New York State requires licensure. To be licensed as a chiropractor in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination and, for endorsements, experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 132, section 6554 of New York's Education Law and Part 73 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements

New York licensed chiropractors have completed a minimum of two years of college courses in the basic sciences followed by a four-year professional study program at an accredited chiropractic college. This results in the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. These professionals have also passed national written and "hands-on" practical examinations.


The licensure fee is $294.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018, there were 157 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 127 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020 there are 4,436 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Chiropractic
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then ext. 190
Fax: (518) 473-0567 (fax)
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1011 - Chiropractors
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/7/20.

Thanks for the feedback! It will help us improve your experience.